Leone (4-5) allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning to earn the win Wednesday over Arizona. The right-hander kept Arizona off the board in the seventh inning and then became the pitcher of record when Kris Bryant's sacrifice fly plated the lone run in the bottom of the frame. Leone has been effective and a little unlucky in September, allowing five runs (two earned) across 14 innings. He's emerged as a high-leverage option this year with a 1.59 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 46:21 K:BB, two saves and 14 holds through 51 innings.
Leone (3-5) allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk to take the loss Thursday versus San Diego. The right-hander was unable to escape a jam in the 10th inning that saw two runners in scoring position with one out. Leone hasn't had many missteps this year, but three of his five losses have come in September. The 29-year-old owns a 1.65 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 44:21 K:BB across 49 innings and he should continue to work in a high-leverage role.
Leone earned the save in Saturday's 2-0 triumph over Atlanta, allowing one hit in the ninth inning. With closer Jake McGee on the IL, manager Gabe Kapler turned to Leone to lock down San Francisco's 97th victory. Look for the 29-year-old to remain a key piece in the Giants' pen with a 1.80 ERA in September and a 1.72 mark for the year.
Leone (3-4) gave up two runs on two hits while striking out one over one-third of an inning to take the loss against San Diego on Wednesday. The right-hander had excelled in his previous stints as an opener, but he couldn't get it done against the Padres on Wednesday. Leone allowed a pair of hits to open the contest, and though he followed by striking out Manny Machado, both runners eventually came around to score after his departure. San Francisco is still dealing with a shorthanded rotation, so Leone could get another turn as an opener depending on when Alex Wood (COVID-19) and Johnny Cueto (elbow) are able to return to the rotation.
Leone will start Wednesday's game versus the Padres, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Leone will get a fourth turn as an opener, a role he's filled frequently in the last couple of weeks. He can be expected to cover 1-to-2 innings in the contest, which is essentially another bullpen game as manager Gabe Kapler deals with a shorthanded rotation. Through 7.2 innings in September, Leone has allowed two unearned runs on two hits and two walks while striking out four over 7.2 innings.
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